“Thank you Days”

Washington University is extending two additional days of paid time off to Danforth Campus and Central Fiscal Unit staff employees to be used between Dec. 18, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. These days are in addition to the standard university vacation and holiday time off benefits. They do not reduce any time off balances – […]

Elections: Politics, Media and Stress

An article from Guidance Resources, powered by ComPsych In recent 2020 polling, about two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) said they felt worn out by the amount of news during this election cycle. Another recent poll showed that more than half of U.S. adults felt the elections were “somewhat” or “very significant” sources of stress. As […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Walktober Team Captains

Faced with shifting responsibilities and with many of their coworkers in new, remote work environments, the Wellness Champions continue to promote a healthy workplace culture by participating in Wellness Connection programming and encouraging their colleagues to do the same. The graphs below demonstrate that while Champions make up 4% of total Walktober participants, they led […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Lara Jennings

Lara Jennings, Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) This month’s spotlight is on Lara Jennings, a Wellness Champion since May 2019. Lara supports her teammates by being a compassionate listener and connecting her workgroup with Wellness Connection resources. She fosters a community of well-being in her department by sending “Virtual Sunshine Committee” monthly emails, […]

COVID-19 Related Policy Changes

Human Resources has introduced and expanded policies in order to assist our employee workforce through the impact of the pandemic. View information below on the new Flexible Work Arrangement Policy, ADA Accommodation Process/COVID-19 Related Work Modification for Faculty and Staff and update to the Communicable Diseases policy related to pay. Flexible Work Arrangement Policy – […]

Developing healthy coping skills for resilience

Article by Neha Navsaria, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child) Everyone experiences challenges in life, and especially now- with COVID-19, racism, returning to work, balancing family/work obligations, to name a few-the number of challenges can feel overwhelming. What do you do when you are under chronic stress that feels never-ending?  What you are experiencing right […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Work of Art Team Captains

Wellness Connection is offering a new type of wellness challenge this summer; little did we know how timely this emotional fitness campaign would be when planning for it last fall. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from our Champion network on how Work of Art has been beneficial to them and their teammates, including this […]

WashU Helping our Own

Learn how WashU faculty and staff are coming together to provide expert-driven programs for university employees.  WUCare – New primary care access for university employees Beginning June 1, 2020, Washington University employees and their families (age 18+) who are enrolled in the university sponsored health plan (United Healthcare) will have access to a primary care physician […]

Leading in the Next Normal

Maintaining employee morale, well-being and engagement in the new workplace environment As we experience the uncertainty, change, challenges and unique onsite and remote operations, we must focus on building morale, creating community and developing an employee culture with a strong sense of resiliency, adaptability, energy, trust and purpose. Consider the well-being of people in this […]

Adjusting health savings accounts for COVID-19 impact

Health savings accounts help you address health and financial challenges. Remember that you can use your account to pay for qualified medical expenses that arise for you and your family. If you are enrolled in Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account, new IRS guidance allows employers to extend grace periods for Dependent Care and […]

Danforth Return to Campus Kits

Return to Campus Kits For Danforth Phase 1 Return, two pick up dates are available for employees returning in the Phase 1 approved group. Attendants at the pick up stations in the East End Garage will deliver the bags via the passenger window and check off names from the Phase 1 approved list of employees. […]

Parenting During a Pandemic

Insight from WashU Psychiatry instructor, Andrea Giedinghagen, MD This pandemic has brought changes to almost every aspect of our lives, and parenting is no exception. From coping with the boredom of being at home for days on end to grappling with fear and uncertainty, there are challenges for parents and children alike. Some parenting challenges […]

Creating a Sleep Routine – 6 Steps to Better Sleep

Creating a Sleep Routine Establishing a sleep routine that works for you helps you get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Sleep routines are activities before bed each night. Routines can improve the quality and length of sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining long-term healthy eating and physical activity habits. […]

WashU Crisis Response Fund for Employees

Our people are incredibly important to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care, and we care deeply about the well-being of our community. As a part of efforts to support the Washington University community through challenges related to the impact of COVID-19, the WashU Crisis Response Fund is available to help employees […]

COVID-19 Manager Memo #2

To help you lead your departments through the difficult and pressing circumstances related to the impact of COVID-19, please review these important manager messages and share with other managers in your areas. The manager memos, along with resources are posted on the HR web page, Manager Resources for COVID-19. Faculty and staff are incredibly valuable to our mission. […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Sam Biver & the Healthy Work Center

Sam Biver, MPH, and the Healthy Work Center in the GMS Division Sam has been an integral part of our new strategy this year to mobilize the efforts of our Champion network, using the Human Centered Design approach to problem solving. He works closely with Wellness Connection to map out the strategy and co-facilitate the […]

Resources for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

This season is a time to focus on gratitude, giving, reflection and quality time with friends, colleagues and family. This time can also be difficult to navigate and cause stress. Learn proactive strategies to help you cope with holiday emotions, money issues and health.  Tips from Work-Life Solutions Work-Life Solutions, by Guidance Resources, is the […]

WashU Leaders Supporting St. Louis

To our Community of WashU Leaders: We can support St. Louis through our WashU missions. Each day, we dedicate ourselves to meaningful work that improves lives and makes a positive impact on society. Whether you are a senior leader or emerging leader growing with the university, it is important you find meaning and purpose at […]

Call for Musicians

Call for Musicians for the School of Medicine Winter Concert The ninth annual Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine. As before, soloists and ensembles, including vocalists and instrumentalists, of all musical genres are welcome to sign-up. Students, faculty, and […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Dani Tallchief

Dani Tallchief, RN, has been an exemplary Champion since joining us in 2018. Dani regularly participates in Wellness Connection programs and events, and supports University initiatives while personalizing wellness for the Department of Anesthesiology. Dani collaborated with Wellness Connection to host a screening for her department, in which 42 people learned their numbers and earned […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Karen Leingang

Karen Leingang has been a Wellness Connection Champion since the program started in 2015. She continually brings great ideas, insightful feedback, and a positive & inclusive attitude to our program. Some of Karen’s most notable accomplishments include: Regular communication of Wellness Connection programs; Volunteering on the Champion Leadership committee; Helped to organize a pilot Blood […]

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Your Next Chapter

Your Next Chapter: Conversations on Retirement and Beyond Planning to retire from Washington University? This transition can be rich with new pathways and opportunities like volunteering, part-time employment, travel, continuing education, hobbies, and much, much more. Yet, you may also have questions: If I’m not an employee, who am I? How do I fill my time? […]

Wellness Champion Spotlight: Erin Hogan & Deanna Blanchard

Erin Hogan and Deanna Blanchard are Wellness Connection Champions for the MyDay team who have hit the ground running in a unique situation. The entire MyDay team is a newly formed collection of WashU employees, senior leaders, and outside consultants, whose job is to address a major  “once-in-a-generation” project for the University. Erin & Deanna […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Attend an upcoming wellness […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Linda Fleshman

Linda Fleshman regularly champions wellness in her personal and professional life. As a member of the Champion Leadership group, she was instrumental in researching, selecting, and teaching Microsoft Teams as the remote meeting technology we need to support our Champion network as we continue to grow. Thanks to her efforts, we’ll be able to meet remotely, […]

Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits

As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at WashU. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. Learn more about the […]

ComPsych Work-Life Solutions

Work-Life Solutions offers free, confidential, 24/7 support, resources and information for every aspect of your life. This valuable benefit for you and your family provides resources and referrals for: Confidential emotional support from highly trained clinicians; Work-life resources from qualified referrals for just about anything on your to-do list; Legal guidance. Talk to attorneys for practical assistance […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: Onsite Screening Hosts

Special thank you to our pioneering hosts Donna MacKay, Atia Thurman, Linda Schreier, Lora Clark, Rhonda Kiely, Melissa Ruwitch, & Justin Linsenmeyer. Thanks to their efforts, their colleagues were able to get screened, learn vital health information, and walk away with a $50 gift card. Because these Champions did such a great job communicating their […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight: 10K-A-Day Team Captains

During the April luncheons, Wellness Connection provided a sneak peek of the new activity challenge and asked the champions to participate, lead a team, & invite their colleagues to join in. You all knocked it out of the park: approximately 20% of all 10K-A-Day teams are led by Wellness Connection Champions – that’s amazing! 85% […]

Move Into Mindfulness

MOVE INTO MINDFULNESS Mind-Body Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that trains in mindfulness meditation to teach people how to: Reduce stress and anxiety Increase focus and concentration Manage health problems Live more fully productive lives Wellness Connection enlists Meg Krejci, Wellness Consultant for Mindfulness, to teach FREE ONSITE mindfulness classes for WashU employees. Meg’s […]

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops

Learn more about the MyWay to Health program by attending one of their upcoming wellness workshops. Cooking with Herbs & Spices: School of Medicine Campus Wednesday, June 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in Mid Campus Center, Suite 2100 This Wellness Workshop will highlight ways to use a variety of herbs and spices to boost the flavor […]

Summer Sun Safety

Too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer. Even people in their twenties can develop skin cancer. It’s important to check in regularly with your primary care physician or dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and to discuss any concerns you may […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Schreier continually finds creative and fun ways to encourage her colleagues to participate in employee wellness at WashU: She regularly emails her office mates “wellness moments”, reminding them to take moment to get up from their desks; She’s been a team captain for the Division of Biostatistics in Tread the Med, WashU Moves, and […]

Wellness Connection Resources for Good Nutrition

We know that good nutrition and physical activity are keys to a healthy weight, but did you know the extent to which nutrition can impact our lives? Dietary factors influence certain conditions and diseases, and good nutrition can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Eating a healthy diet and keeping […]

School of Medicine Dean’s Update

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, David H. Perlmutter, MD will host this event to share updates on recent events, future plans and School of Medicine initiatives. Dean Perlmutter will also share a special announcement at […]

The Value of Movement

Movement is a fundamental aspect of life. It affects everything from circulation to digestion to metabolism to immunity. The body contributes far more to our lives than just physical attributes such as strength and endurance – it plays a major role in emotions, learning, and relationships. By participating in the upcoming 10K-A-Day activity challenge, we can focus on […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

Linda Amos has been active in the employee wellness community for a long time. As a team captain for the Tread the Med and then WashU Moves activity challenges, Linda recruits many colleagues to join her team and incorporate movement into their daily lives. When Wellness Connection expanded the Champion network to the Med School […]

Engage in St. Louis

Washington University faculty, staff and students are integral members of the St. Louis community. We are a world-class institution with roots firmly in St. Louis. Explore affordable entertainment options, activities and cultural attractions at WashU and the surrounding St. Louis area. Featured St. Louis Activities New! WashU Night at the Soccer Park, April 13 – Purchase tickets […]

Serving Others Together

Learn how you can get engaged in organizations that improve the lives of those in the St. Louis region, and beyond.

Pursue your financial well-being

Pursue your future financial well-being in manageable steps and at key milestones with tools, resources and webinars through TIAA and WashU.  Tools and resources available through the WashU TIAA Portal: TIAA has articles, tools, videos and advisors to help you prepare for retirement. View tools and resources to help you on your path to financial […]

Wellness Connection Program Spotlight: MyWay to Health Workshops

MyWay to Health Wellness Workshops Learn more about the MyWay to Health program during National Nutrition Month by attending one of their wellness workshops in March: National Nutrition Month: Danforth Campus Tuesday, March 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Brown Lounge This Wellness Workshop will focus on how small changes can add up and improve […]

Wellness Connection University Partnership: MyWay to Health

MyWay to Health is an on-site employee wellness program developed by leading experts in health and wellness at Washington University. Deeply rooted in scientific evidence, expert opinion, and 25 years of research, MyWay to Health provides sound advice, as well as guidance and tips to help you take charge of your well-being. The MyWay to […]

10 Leadership Insights and Lessons

On January 31, 6 executives came to campus to share leadership wisdom at an Olin Business School event. Carla Bailey, HR learning and development senior manager was among the panelists, sharing her tips and lessons on leadership. Her 10 leadership tips are: Lead with your authentic self. Commit to remaining curious. Dare to live outside […]

St. Louis Diversity Leader Returns to the Community for WashU

DeCou has been a leading figure in diversity awareness and anti-bias efforts in the nonprofit sector of the St. Louis community for more than 25 years. At Washington University, she has conducted highly popular diversity training sessions with more than 8,500 employees and supports efforts to improve the university’s workforce diversity. Today, DeCou is taking […]

Live Near Your Work Housing Fairs

Learn more about the Live Near Your Work program by stopping by one of the upcoming housing fairs. Speak with local lenders and realtors who serve this program and the eligible neighborhoods surrounding the campus. All housing fairs will be held from 11am – 1pm Wednesday, May 1 – North Campus, Cafeteria Thursday, May 2 […]

Wellness Connection Champion Spotlight

This month I’d like to highlight the efforts of Cynthia Marich & Andrea Krussel and the good work they’ve been doing to foster a culture of health and well-being in their department.   Yoga: A Practice in Community By Andrea Krussel and Cynthia Marich Since July 2017, the Institute for Informatics (I2) has hosted a […]

Know Your Numbers and Earn Rewards

Schedule your annual health screening through Wellness Connection and establish a baseline of important biometric measurements. For optimal wellness, each of us should be armed with as much information about our body as possible. Knowing your A1C level, current blood pressure, cholesterol and other key indicators can empower you to make informed decisions about your […]